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Honda VTX1800 Maintenance Schedule and Service Intervals

2002 Honda VTX1800S Stock Image

This is the maintenance schedule and associated service intervals for the Honda VTX1800S made from 2002 to 2007 in various forms — the VTX1800F, VTX1800S, VTX1800C, VTX1800S, and VTX1800T. (More on these variants below).

This maintenance schedule applies to the following models:

  • 2002 Honda VTX1800
  • 2003 Honda VTX1800
  • 2004 Honda VTX1800
  • 2005 Honda VTX1800
  • 2006 Honda VTX1800
  • 2007 Honda VTX1800

The Honda VTX series is a line of V-twin Honda cruiser motorcycles. VTX stands for “V-Twin Extreme”, kinda, because it’s intended to be a high performance model.

2002 Honda VTX1800R Stock Image

The Honda VTX 1800 was launched in 2001 as a 2002 model. Honda claimed that 1800 put out 159 Nm (117 lb-ft) of torque at only 3,000 rpm and 75 kW (101 hp) at 5000 rpm, making the VTX1800 one of the most powerful production V-twin motorcycles of its time. (The Suzuki M109R soon took this mantle!)

Honda initially launched with three variants on the VTX1800. There are subtle differences between the three bikes.

  • VTX1800C — the “Classic”
  • VTX1800R — Retro, with cast wheels
  • VTX1800S — with spoked wheels and tube tyres
Honda VTX1800C "Classic"
Honda VTX1800C “Classic”

Later, Honda added a VTX1800F in 2015, with low-profile tyres on cast-allow wheels, and an LCD tachometer. This bike competed more directly with the Yamaha Warrior, Victory Hammer, Kawasaki Mean Streak, and the Harley-Davidson Street Rod.

Finally, Honda added a VTX1800T Tourer model in 2007, with bags.

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What you need to service the Honda VTX1800 — Consumables and Special Tools.

If you’re servicing the Honda VTX1800, you at least need motorcycle maintenance tools — things like an oil catch pan, a paddock stand, and so on.

For the VTX1800, the manual recommends the following specific consumables.

Engine oilThe manual recommends SAE 10W-40 JASO T 903 standard MA,
Pro Honda GN4 or HP4 (without molybdenum additives) 4-stroke oil or equivalent.

Don’t over-torque the bolt (spec is 30 Nm/22 lb-ft for the oil drain bolt per the manual) — use a torque wrench if you don’t have experience with how much torque is enough.
Oil filterNeeds to be changed every time you change the oil. Either get a stock oil filter (part 15410-MCJ-505) or the K&N KN-204-1. Torque for the oil filter is 26 Nm / 20 lb-ft.
Engine coolantUse Honda’s ethylene glycol pre-mix which is a 50/50 mix.
Spark PlugsNGK IFR5L11 should be used per the manual. Make sure it’s gapped correctly to 1.0-1.1mm (get a gapping tool) and torqued correctly. Manual says to tighten it 3/4 turn after it seats, loosen it again, then tighten it 1/8 turn after it seats.
Air filterPart number is 17213-MCH-000, or the K&N alternative HA-1802.
Brake padsChoose OEM, or EBC for more bite and lower fade. You need two sets for the front and one for the rear.
* Front: OEM 06455-MAT-E22, EBC FA261HH (2 sets)
* Rear: OEM 06435-MCH-006, EBC FA261HH (Same, but 1 set)
Honda VTX1800 parts for a basic service.

And the following general consumables are useful as well.

Chain lubricantmotorcycle maintenance tools - motul chain pasteThe chain needs to be lubricated every 800 km/500 miles (or more, if it gets wet/dirty), with variations recommended between manufacturers. Motul chain paste is cheap and well-loved.
Chain cleaner brushmotorcycle maintenance - chain cleanerA chain cleaner brush makes cleaning off grime and then distributing new lubricant much more easy.
Paddock standmotorcycle maintenance tools - paddock standLubricating the chain and changing the oil both become a lot easier once you use an affordable paddock stand (not necessary if you have a center stand).
Cable lubricantmotorcycle maintenance - cable lubricantRemember to lubricate your clutch cable (and brake cables if you have them) with a cable lubricant. Protect All Cable Life is a good general-purpose lubricant.
GreaseGet a good lithium soap based grease for lubricating major components like your side stand, centre stand, and bearings.
General motorcycle consumables — Brake fluid, chain lube, clutch lube, and grease

Honda VTX1800 Maintenance Schedule

Below is the maintenance schedule for the 2002 Honda VTX1800S.

The maintenance for the 2002 Honda VTX1800S is broken into two sections: Emission-Related Items and Non-Emission-Related Items.

Highlighted element(s) means that there are changes in this year’s model vs. the previous year’s model.

Periodic Maintenance Chart

Itemsx 1000 mi0.64812162024
Emission-Related ItemsNOTEx 1000 km16.412.819.225.63238.4
*Fuel LineIII
*Throttle OperationIII
Air Cleaner2RR
Crankcase Breather3CCCCCC
Spark PlugsRRR
*Valve ClearanceIII
Engine OilINITIAL=4,000 mi (6,400 km) or 6 months: R REGULAR=EVERY 8,000 mi (12,800 km) or 12 months: R
Engine Oil FilterRRR
*Engine Idle SpeedIIIIII
Radiator Coolant4IIR
*Cooling SystemIII
*Secondary Air Supply SystemIII
*Evaporative Emission Control System5II
Non-Emission-Related Items
Final Drive OilIIR
Brake Fluid4IIRIIR
Brake Pads WearIIIIII
Brake SystemIII
*Brake Light SwitchIII
*Headlight AimIII
Clutch SystemIII
Clutch Fluid4IIRIIR
Side StandIII
*Nuts, Bolts, FastenersIII
(S) = Spoked
**Steering Head BearingsIII
Service schedule for the Honda VTX1800S
  • * Should be serviced by your Honda dealer, unless you have the proper tools and service data and are mechanically qualified. Refer to the official Honda Service Manual.
  • ** In the interest of safety, we recommend these items be serviced only by your Honda dealer.

Maintenance Procedures:

  • I: inspect and clean, adjust, lubricate, or replace, if necessary
  • C: clean
  • A: adjust
  • L: lubricate
  • R: replace


  • 1. At higher odometer readings, repeat at the frequency interval established here
  • 2. Service more frequently if the motorcycle is ridden in unusually wet or dusty areas
  • 3. Service more frequently if the motorcycle is ridden often at full throttle or in the rain.
  • 4. Replace every 2 years, or at indicated odometer interval, whichever comes first. Replacement requires mechanical skill.
  • 5. California type only.
  • 6. For services with an (S), this is for VTX1800S (spoke wheels only)

Tyre size and tyre pressure for the 2002 Honda VTX1800S

The 2002 Honda VTX1800S has the following tyres and tyre sizes standard:

  • Front: 150/80-17M/C 72H
  • Rear: 170/80-15M/C 77H

Tire type: bias-ply, tube

Recommended Tires:

  • Front: DUNLOP D404F
  • Rear: DUNLOP K555J

The manual for the 2002 Honda VTX1800S recommends the following tyre pressures (when cold):


  • 33 psi (225 kPa, 2.25 kgf/cm2)


  • 33 psi (225 kPa, 2.25 kgf/cm2) – less than 200 lbs (90 kg) of added weight
  • 36 psi (250 kPa, 2.50 kgf/cm2) – more than 200 lbs (90 kg) of added weight

About the 2002 Honda VTX1800S

The biggest cruiser Honda has ever produced, the VTX is powered by a 1795cc V-twin with 106 horsepower and 120 pounds-feet of torque. With an exhaust valve bigger than a P-51’s and an 18.8-kilogram crankshaft, the VTX is the King Kong of performance cruisers.

Combining the tank-mounted chrome instrument housing – featuring the speedometer, odometer/tripmeter, aviation-style fuel cap, and indicator lights – and the flared, valenced fenders of the 1800R with classic spoked wheels, the 1800S is the traditional VTX.

A low-profile 170/80-15 bias-ply rear tire combines with the wide-footprint 150/80-17 front for the ultimate retro VTX. Styling from the ’50s. The power of the 21st century. The seat boasts a low, 698mm (27.5-inch) height for confidence during low-speed maneuvers.

Full-flowing deeply balanced front and rear steel fenders, chrome-hooded headlight, broad fuel tank with tank-mounted instruments, pullback handlebar, and floorboards with heel-and-toe shifter create a classic retro style that puts the VTX1800S in a class of its own.

Large speedometer with easy-to-read numerals. The new laid-back handlebar design provides a comfortable upright riding position. Comfortably padded large-diameter handgrips with polished aluminum handlebar switch housings and triple-clamp assembly.

Manual for the 2002 Honda VTX1800S

2002 Honda VTX1800S Maintenance Schedule Screenshot From Manual

The above maintenance schedule comes directly from the user’s manual for the 2002 Honda VTX1800S.

You can download it from here.

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